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Grave injury, important lessons

It’s been a long time since I sat down to write something besides an E-mail. Things have been busy and, on many levels, chaotic lately. Personal problems—relationships, work—have presented themselves. Often perplexed on how to proceed, I consulted with friends and family and increased my attendance at AA meetings. This bore great fruits. What surprised me throughout all this was my ability to meet these challenges as a mature, adult human being.

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Suicidal thinking, an important part of the mechanism

On March 25, 2011, I tried to hang myself in the basement. My actions at the time seemed reasonable and rational. The thought process did not strike me then or now as insane or out of the ordinary. I can’t think of anything else that would have stopped me. The idea of calling a suicide prevention hotline was the farthest thing from my mind. I wouldn’t have responded if someone had dialed the phone and handed it to me. My mind was made up.

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Lost in the fire

When his house caught fire, he was asleep, dreaming of his kids and the wife he’s losing in a divorce. It was only the call of his roommate’s overnight guest that roused him. He had just enough time to grab his pants and tumble down the stairs. The air had transformed from life-sustaining into a viscous mixture of paper-and-plastic miasma, the acrid smoke burning his lungs.

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